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So today solo show.
I know normally I have a guest coming on with me.
I actually have a guest I'm gonna be interviewing tomorrow that I think you guys were gonna really, really like we're gonna put that on the next show today.
I had so much to say.
I thought you know what? It's a good time for a solo show, just you, me, a microphone and plenty of Lakers basketball to talk about.
We're going to dive right into it.
Here's the basic layout for the show.
We're gonna start off talking a little bit about team chemistry because guess what? Your Los Angeles Lakers are six and one right now.
They have the league leading record.
They're the number one team in the N B A.
Yes, it's early. Yes, it's small.
Sample size. I don't care.
Let's take a moment.
Celebrate the fact that the Lakers are right now.
The number one team in the N B a.
Finally, here we are once again, second segment.
We're going to talk a little bit about some crazy stats.
I've been doing some digging, taking a look at what's really what's not for the Lakers and some interesting things.
I'm gonna do a deep dive into some of the Lakers team stats and then third part of the show.
That's why I'm gonna open up to you guys.
Everybody is joining me in these live streams.
Well, we're gonna talk and you're gonna throw some questions at me, and we'll do a little Q and a session.
So that's the format for the show today.
Dive right into it.
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All right, so, first of all team chemistry, we need to talk a little bit about that.
We need to talk about the fact that this Lakers team is just so much fun.
And, yeah, part of that is winning.
Part of that is the fact that they are winning basketball games.
Winning breeds this, this fun feeling okay, it fixes everything.
If there's any kind of mistrust or anything like that going on, you're going to see that fixed with team chemistry and winning basketball.
Okay, it's gonna fix any little issues that you're going to have people that are going to complain about things.
They're gonna complain so much when you're winning.
And complaints are usually kept to a minimum at the beginning of the end of season anyway, the beginning of the year that everybody's on the same page embodies on their best behavior.
It's like the first few days of school everybody's everybody's being good.
But then, as things get into the middle of the season, that's where you start to see some more bumps in the road.
But defined roles.
You look at everybody on the squad.
They all have very simple.
Aside from LeBron, James and Anthony, it is a very simple role that they need to follow.
Get Dwight Howard and Javale McGee Simple.
Protect the paint, rebound the basketball block shots, dunk the ball with him.
When it comes to that, that's about it.
Okay, you look at key PCP hit threes.
Be a pesky defenders saved with Avery Bradley.
Same thing with a few ball handling responsibilities thrown in, the Lakers have very, very defined roles and that's what championship teams do.
That's what really good teams have.
They have defined roles that players can easily fit into.
And that's something that's really, really important for a team really important for chemistry because you don't get player stepping on each other's toes trying to do too much because they know exactly what their role is, exactly what they're supposed to do.
And that's something that has become contagious for the Lakers.
They've got this positive vibe are around them, and let me tell you guys, this is something that isn't always easy.
It's not something that comes easy to envy, a player, veteran team, and that's what we've got Now.
The Lakers have this veteran squad and they are able to fit within their roles, and it's it's a lot of fun to watch.
It's fun to watch a team where everybody knows exactly what they need to do.
Um, it's it's a breath of fresh air.
That's where I'm going with this.
It just a breath of fresh air compared to other teams.
In fact, when I see this team and I watched the way they interact with each other, I watch the way they play.
I watch the way, so well, you look what they mean.
Overtime against Dallas Mavericks, The Bulls weren't.
We're kicking their butts for 3/4 and then they turned it on.
And these this Lakers team does not get fazed like they know they've got it in them.
They know that they can come back.
They have this innate confidence to them, and it's something the chemistry is gonna let up.
At some point, they're going to dig themselves a whole that they're not gonna build the **** out of.
But right now, this team is able to get the job done, and they have the confidence, that ability to go out there and do it.
They know they can push down on the gas pedal when need be.
And I think back two teams in the past.
I think that the Kobe and Shaq them small sample size.
But watch this team.
It's a familiar feeling and there's so many new faces, so that's kind of weird.
But it's a familiar feeling when you see the energy around this team, the vibe around this team, the way these guys get in and execute and do their jobs.
It reminds me of the championship teams.
It reminds me of maybe even the Shaq, Kobe Lakers and I kinda hesitate to go there.
I really do, because the Shaq Kobe Lakers had that little disagreement.
They had that that that very controversial dynamic between Shaq and Kobe, where tonight, Because they were at each other's throats.
And I don't sense that with this Laker squad.
We haven't seen that side of things, So I don't know of Shaq. Kobe, right? Comparison.
I know we get a little bit of that element.
We do get that kind of that kind of confidence, that kind of talent level.
Certainly, when you've got LeBron James and Anthony Davis to those players in the league, this is maybe a better comparison would be the Kobe Powell Lakers.
You look at those teams and the chemistry they had and the ability for their role players to step up and hit big shots when need be.
And he and you think back to the Shaq Kobe Lakers Derek Fisher, Derek Fisher also jumping over to the Kobe Pau Lakers.
It feels like the Lakers have those kind of role players right now, especially Dave.
Prosperity saw it against the Dallas Mavericks.
They've got players that are going to do their jobs even when things get tense even when things are not easy, even when the chips are down.
When the pressure is on, they're going to step up and make big place.
And so far Dwight Howard has been that guy as well.
Dwight Howard is a veteran in this league and he has managed to get the get the job done.
He's managed to find ways to help the Lakers win.
And that's that's something that's really valuable toe have those kind of veteran players, they can do that.
So the other thing that I want to get into here is LeBron and Anthony Davis.
Are they this kind of Kobe and Pau dynamic? I think there might be.
I think that we might be seeing that kind of dynamic between these two players and again we're very early and Kobe and Pau had a tremendous relationship and they were able to make things work.
So I'm not going to just assume that be that LeBron and 80 are gonna have that kind of relationship throughout right there's going to be the bumps in the road.
That team that feel is the same and that's a very exciting thing that is extreme exciting for a Lakers franchise that has been dealing with so so much for so long for so long.
For six years now, the Lakers have been out of the playoffs.
They had won one dramatic turn after another.
It's been difficult for Lakers fans to stick with it, and yet they have they once again have a Lakers team that feels to be on to winning basketball.
And that's certainly something to celebrate.
The other day, Troy Daniels.
So Troy Daniels was on a show called Fair Game with Christina Lady, and he mentioned something that jumped out at me of the Lakers players on it.
The Stars not like LeBron 80 text about a group that has everyone on it, all of the players.
And Troy Daniels mentioned that the person that was that is most active on him.
We've heard earlier in the season that Kyle Cosmo's instrumental in creating this group text, but the player who is most active on it is LeBron James.
All these guys are gonna look up to LeBron.
It's one of the festival every play, and he's also leading by example on the floor.
But we're hearing now that off the floor and he's encouraging the guys.
He's giving positive messages.
They lose opening into the Clippers, and he's texting them.
Acquitted Troy Daniels.
He's texting them, saying It's just one game.
Let's be ready to practice tomorrow.
Let's get after it.
That's what team unity is all about.
And that's what these Lakers have.
And again, it's early.
I don't assume it's going to stay this way throughout the entire season, but right now there's something about this group that special something about the way they play together, the way they play for each other, something about the way it's a different guy stepping up every night, some nights, Yeah, LeBron and Edie every night or are making big place.
But the third guy, it's Kyle Kuzma made some big plays against the Bulls.
Dwight Howard did two against against other teams, someone else opening night against the Clippers.
It was Danny Green who went nuts.
We've seen Big Quinn Cook games.
Quinn could get a big game against the Bulls, also, every night it's but you see Danny Green defending at a high level Avery Bradley being an absolute pest on defense, and he's going to get, and that's a credit to Frank Vogel.
That's a credit to his coaching staff.
That's credit to LeBron.
That's a credit Anthony Davis, to all the leaders on the team that for the first time in years, we see a Lakers team where it looks like everyone is on the same page again.
Is that going to stay that way? We don't know.
But for right now, as someone who has covered this team for years and years now and has been doing this during some of the worst times in Lakers history, it stands out.
It's very noticeable that this team is on the same page and that they are all pulling in the same direction, and that is such an impressive thing.
Speaking of impressive things, I do need to mention Lakers fans. That's right.
I'm talking about all the Lakers fans out there, the millions and millions of Lakers fans.
What? I can't say it enough.
Lakers fans are incredible and, yeah, I'm biased, right? I grew up a Lakers fan.
The earliest memory that I have is of watching the Los Angeles Lakers far back is my memory goes sitting on the couch with my dad watching the Los Los Angeles Lakers play basketball, talking magic and Kareem Showtime fell in love with it.
Something that that's part of me.
So obviously, I'm gonna be biased here.
But Lakers fans are amazing, simply amazing that the support that I've seen personally has been absolutely incredible, and it's just blown me away.
I still can't believe I get to do what I do.
But when I see the team go on the road and I see the support they get everywhere, it's it's all inspiring.
If you go to the Lakers game, if you happen to record their last game against the Bulls and if you did, you're probably only watching the fourth quarter because let's raise those 1st 3 chords were not pretty, But at the nine minute and 16 2nd mark in the fourth quarter, something happened.
Something interesting happened that I think says a lot about Lakers fandom and what it's all about.
Nine minutes and 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Bulls are leading their up for the Lakers have made a push, but the Bulls Aaron the lead here.
They're winning the game, the the Lakers come into town, they just steamroll a team and that team's home fans leave.
And so then what's left in the arena in garbage time is Lakers fans, and then they get a Lakers.
Let's go, Lakers Shale.
We're different, and I don't think we've seen this happen that many times.
Let's go Lakers Chan happening when the arena is still packed full of Chicago Bulls fans.
They haven't gone anywhere.
They're winning the game.
They've been destroying the Lakers most of the game, and now the Lakers are making a comeback.
And, boom, this.
Let's go, Lakers Chan hits.
That tells me that's an arena even in Chicago, that's filled with Lakers fans.
Lakers fans travel.
Lakers fans are legion.
And again, that's a that's a testament.
There are a lot of people out there that will say Lakers fans are crazy.
They're not a knowledgeable fan base.
And all these things people love together Lakers fans.
But there's a wide variety of Lakers fans, or some of the most intelligent basketball fans in the world are Lakers fans.
And yeah, there's some casual fans, too. But that's okay.
We welcome everybody in accepting of everybody come on in.
Lakers fandom is widespread and I think the game against Chicago, the game against the Bulls That moment when that Let's go.
Lakers champ breaks out in Chicago when the Bulls are leading and the game is still very much in question.
It spoke to me, but the fact that you have Lakers fans have dealt with some tough times over the last six years.
But they're ready.
They're ready for this team to be good again.
They're ready to cheer for this team to support this team.
And, truth be told, that never went anywhere.
You look at Lakers attendance figures.
They stayed steady even during the worst years, even when they couldn't win a game.
They're losing the bad teams.
All of these things are happening.
Lakers attended, stayed steady again.
Credit Tonto Lakers fans for sticking with it.
Bottom line is this Without those tough times, the good times don't feel quite as good.
It's that contrast that really gets you, and so I'll finish this segment with this.
What you need to do right now, Lakers fans is enjoy this.
Take a moment and savor this.
Enjoy this moment.
The Lakers are on top right now, They're winning Game six game winning streak.
Yeah, there's a long way to go.
We're not celebrating a championship right now, but take a moment to think about how far things have come.
Think about where the Lakers were this time last year.
Two years ago, three years ago.
Think about how things look for this franchise.
The Rebuild watching young kids fumble games away, hoping that, hey, the Lakers lost, but Brandon Ingram had a big game.
Maybe he could become something in the future.
Now the Lakers are winning right now, and it's happening.
This team is reloaded and can contend for a championship.
I believe this year take a moment to enjoy that because of what the journey has been because of how difficult has been because this team has been down and out for so long.
Make sure reflect that might take some time to enjoy what's happening right now.
Live in this moment and enjoy it.
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So now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna get into some stats some of the stats that that I've been pulling up most summer v a n ba dot com And there's some interesting things and things that have re stuck out again.
Seven games in so small sample size.
Big disclaimer there.
But some stats that we can break down here about this team and hopefully get a feel for where they're going, moving forward, both some good things and some bad things.
And in the spirit of getting the bad news first, I'm going to start with the struggles, and fortunately, they're relatively minor, and they're they're pretty, uh, pretty few.
So we're gonna talk about that.
We'll talk about some struggles that they've had, and then we'll get into some of the positive stats and there are a lot of those.
So I'm excited to dive into all of that stuff.
First and foremost.
Look the Lakers right now, they reloaded their team.
That's off season with shooters because the common train of thought has been that the way you build around a Los Angeles Lakers team, where a LeBron James led team in general is to bring in shooters, That's what you do.
You provide shooters around LeBron.
He's going to space the floor.
Everything's gonna work out just great doing that, right? Right.
The Lakers didn't do that last season. It was catastrophic.
So they brought in a bunch shooters This year.
They brought in Quinn Cook.
They brought in Troy Daniels.
You bringing Even Jared Dudley could space the floor.
Danny Green, All these other players so thought would say the Lakers are finally gonna be a good three point.
Not so much right now.
The Lakers sit at 26 in the n.
B. A in three point percentage.
Now I do think they are better shooters than what we've seen.
And I say that because they're also sixth and field goal percentage and 13th in free throw percentage now, Yeah, that the field goal percentage number.
It could be a little bit muddy because they're getting so many shots at the rim.
We're gonna talk about that in a minute.
But 13th and free throw percentage.
That tells me that there actually are some pretty good shooters.
26 3 point percentage.
I do think once Kuzma gets going, that's gonna creep up.
Uh, am I concerned about it a little bit because you really do need solid shooting around LeBron and Anthony Davis, but I keep coming back to this.
The Lakers at added so many good shooters, including Kyle Kuzma.
I think that Kosmas, I think his percentage is gonna go back up to where he was a zoo rookie, which is 37% instead of 30% we saw last year.
So when you add in all these shooters, I think at some point they're shots will come around.
I think that's going to happen.
But again, right now, 26 3 point percentage.
But depending on how you want to look at that thing, look, there's six of one.
They have the best record in the league, and they're not hitting their threes.
What happens when they hit their for threes? Right, So that's the optimist.
That's the glass is half full way of looking at that stat.
26 3 point percentage and they are winning games.
What about when those jobs start fault? They're also 29th in fast break points by their opponent, 29th in the N B. A.
That's not good.
That means teams air scoring on them by fast breaking, and part of that is out of desperation.
Teams feel like they have to fast break on them because they can't score on the Lakers half court defense.
So they are doing everything they can to push the pace, get out in transition and run, knowing that when you've got especially like to Biggs on the floor like Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard.
Yes, they're more mobile than most Biggs, but they're still Biggs.
If you get a small, quick team that maybe you could beat them 29th in opponents points off of Fats break.
Not great Thenewny to do what they can to slow things down.
That was how Chicago Bulls were taken it to them.
They're forcing turnovers, which, actually, the Lakers aren't bad in that category, but they're forcing turnovers and then getting out on the fastbreak and scoring, so that's gonna be a common theme to watch how many teams try to fast break on the Lakers Right now, it's happening a lot, and Frank Vogel may have to send an extra man back or something like that in order to shut that down.
But again, if we want to take the glass is half full approach.
Their seventh in opponents points in the paint.
7th 10 points in the book.
At first glance, you go.
Oh, so what? They're seven.
That's that's okay.
That's I mean, I guess that's better than most, right? But that's not like, Whoa, they're incredible.
They're 29th and opponents points off fast break guess where points get scored on fast breaks in the paint.
They're one of the worst teams in the league at defending the fast break right now, which is going to give up a lot of points in the paint.
And yet, their seventh overall in opponents points in the pain that he's only six teams allowed less points in the paint on the Lakers, do you? How good is their half court defense and denying shots at the rim if they are seventh in opponents? Points in the paint and 29 in fast break points.
That tells me that if they were able to get back and cut off some of those fast breaks, they're the amount of points in the paint that they gave up.
If they are forcing teams into the half court would plummet.
We could be talking about maybe the best team in the league and denying points in the paint.
Those stance, you just glance at him.
It's okay, whatever.
That points in the paint.
No, they're actually really good in the half court.
They're ridiculously good.
And they're so good at playing defense in the half court that their seventh and appoints a paint despite being one of the very worst and give you a fast break points.
Amazing that one jumps out of me as a ridiculous stat, and more than anything, it tells me just how good their half court defense is, particularly at protecting the rim.
That's a credit to Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee, LeBron James, Everybody else that gets in there and defense right now.
The Lakers, also 21st in bench scoring.
I again, I think that's going to change with our guy cop charisma coming back and their 21st and bench threes.
But again, something I think will change quickly when Rajon Rondo comes back and he can start hitting guys with open looks.
Think Alex Crusoe can and will knock them down.
Quinn Cook, of course, when he gets minutes, Troy Daniels, Kuzma.
I think the Lakers bench is gonna show out a little bit better once they are complete.
Okay, so let's start digging into just appear positive stuff, because right now I've basically just been talking.
I talked about some negative things, but put a little bit of a positive spin on him.
There's some really positive things here.
First of all, the obvious one.
The Lakers are second in the N B A in net rating.
Second him that rating, that is, that's incredible.
Amazing they are.
They're doing incredible job there.
They are, second in defensive reading.
They were first for a while.
Then the Utah Jazz crept up on them, second in defensive rating, and again, that's with giving up all those fast break points.
Their defense is phenomenal.
Frank Vogel, known as the defense first coach, Lionel Holland.
Same thing these guys are known as defensive minds, and it is showing here, in addition to the players that are known as being defense, first players and credit to LeBron James and Anthony Davis because these guys are setting the tone eighties, flying all over the floor.
He's blocking shots.
He's grabbing tons of boards.
LeBron James defensive energy is like we haven't seen in years.
He is playing phenomenal defense and he's setting the tone because, look, if you're 34 year old superstar LeBron James, who has been there, done done that for everything he's been M v p.
He has won championships.
He's done it all.
If he's flying all over the floor, if he's putting in the extra effort to close out on shooters in November.
Game season in Game six, Oven 82 game season.
Game seven and he's flying all over the floor and he's putting in the extra effort.
Well, you're **** well sure the rest of the team's going through as well.
No one has an excuse for loafing on this Lakers team, with the energy and the output that LeBron James putting him on the defensive end it is truly amazing.
On a nightly basis, I encourage you all to stop and watch LeBron on a few defensive possessions.
Just keep an eye on him. Don't worry about the ball.
Keep an eye on a D, and these guys do some tremendous, tremendous things.
Dwight Howard is well, too.
He's been great at all the subtlety, so things.
That's why right now he's rate rated as one of the very best defenders in the N B A.
They are 15th and offensive rating.
But again, I think what once those three start to follow, their offensive rating is gonna go up there.
And they're not hitting their threes right now.
What happens when they start hitting him? That is a scary thought that should be keeping most of the n ba up at night.
Another one that I found interesting.
Their 18th and pace right now started the season off dead last in peace.
We know this team's going to slow things down, but over the last couple of games they've picked things up a bit.
They've got it got out in transition, started running.
Part of that is, teams have sped them up.
The Bulls did that a little bit.
The Grizzlies did it a little bit as well.
Teams were trying to make them play fast, but they're not finding a lot of success with it.
Once the Lakers get out and run, they're actually doing pretty well, scoring in transition.
They're doing nice job there, 19th and rebound percentage of a little bit surprised because they're bigger than most teams.
You would think that would be a little bit higher.
They are 11th in turnover percentage right now.
The number there, the amount of their possessions that ended in turnovers, their 11th in the n B.
So they're doing a pretty good job for a team that is brand new.
For the most part, that has a lot of new faces.
They're doing a pretty good job not turning the ball over.
Obviously, that Chicago Bulls game had a number that 15 in the 1st 3/4 and then they clean it up.
After that, they have 26 right now in three point percent.
We talked about that sixth in field goal percentage and 13th in free throw percentage.
All right now I want to dive into the one stat that completely blew my mind.
And, yeah, it's our guy.
We need to talk about him.
We need to talk about this.
He's not just white.
It's all in the bigs.
The Lakers right now, our first in the N B A and Blocks.
They have blocked more shots than anyone else by on average in the league.
Okay, and it's not close.
Not close between a D.
Dwight JaVale, everybody else who's picking up blocks right now.
The Lakers blocked 8.
4 shots per game.
The next closest, 6.
7 six points of it is not the Lakers block far away, way more shots and anybody else.
The gap between the Lakers and the rest of the league is insane.
They are blocking a ton of shots, and actually, that's 0.
That belongs to the Miami Heat, who the Lakers are playing on Friday night.
But here's the thing, and this is the part that really gets me.
Not only are they number one in blocked shots, they are number one in blocked shots allowed.
That means not only do they block a ton of shots, but the Lakers don't get their shot blocked.
Teams can't block the Lakers shots, and that's that's a credit to having guys that are so long and so go to getting their shots.
I've talked about Anthony Davis having that seven foot six inch wingspan.
They are a team that is not being denied at the rim because they are not getting blocked at all.
Okay, well, they're a little bit there, like 3.
3 blocks per game.
They give up 3.3.
And they block 8.
4 shots per game again.
I know those stats may not sound like all that much, but to be first in both categories tells you just how truly dominant the Lakers interior presences.
They blocked more shots than anybody else, and they also give up the least amount of blocks of anybody in the league.
Amazing, amazing stuff.
And again, I have to reiterate, it's a small sample size.
We've got to make sure we say that.
I know, I know you guys are probably sick of hearing that by this point, but it is. It's a small sample.
You have to consider that so some of these can change here and there, but it's still in port.
But they are at doing these things.
It's important to take a moment.
Say, Okay, look, they really are good at blocking shots.
They really are good on the defense event.
And to get some context and understand just how special they are on that end of the floor.
All right, guys, I'm gonna start taking some of your questions.
So those you guys were joining us on on Facebook? You're joining me on YouTube If you're joining me Horoscope. Great.
Appreciate you guys joining.
And again, this is the live version of the Lakers Nation podcast.
So I'm recording this for a podcast.
Go ahead and tosses your questions, toss me your questions.
I'd be happy to respond to them.
I did have to just restart my chat.
So you guys go ahead and tossing questions, and it'll, uh, it'll pop up here.
King Vortex from YouTube tosses out.
Dwight and Caruso are great on defense.
Look, Alex Caruso has been tremendous.
Okay? I and I know a lot of people haven't been too pleased with Alex Caruso because he's not scoring a ton of points, but there's more to basketball than that.
He's another guy that I want youto watch on the defensive end.
Take a play, take a few, don't watch the ball, don't want anybody else with him and watch what he does and watch all the subtle little things that he does to be a pest.
Throughout the impressive stuff and same thing with Dwight Howard Dwight has been incredible.
Dwight's men have been amazing.
He's been been one of the best defenders in the league.
Great, that's what.
What? A pickup for Lakers.
Yes, that combination when those two were on the floor that it's held to score on those two guys.
So really, really, uh, really great to see.
Um, Okay, let's see.
We'll dig into some other questions.
Uh, Ron AG, Nick Iguodala.
All right, I do actually have something on Andre Iguodala, so I'm glad I get to answer that one.
So Andre Iguodala.
The Lakers have been rumored to be targeting Andre Iguodala for quite a while now, right? He's a guy that the Lakers have been have been after.
Problem is, he's under contract with with another team, the Memphis Grizzlies.
He got traded to the Grizzlies, they absorbed his salary.
The Warriors actually gave up a first round pick, a future first in order to get the Grizzlies to take on dollars contract.
Now the Grizzlies are hoping that the Lakers or some other team will trade assets in order to get Iguodala as well.
So they're hoping to get assets in the form of first round, pick the exchange for absorbing his contract.
And now, because other teams want him just a few months later, they're hoping to flip him again and give more assets, Which makes no sense.
I don't know that they're actually if they pull it off, great.
But David Aldridge, from the athletic recently wrote a piece, and he mentioned this little tidbit here about Andre Iguodala.
And so I'll tell you what it says here, he says.
I posed this question to multiple NB executives Monday and Tuesday morning.
Not all of them answered, but those who did said every single one of them said the Lakers that the Lakers offer the best combination of ring he was expecting.
Some people say Clippers.
He did say that some people later on, said Clippers.
But most people feel like under a medulla.
If he eventually gets bought out, is going to the Lakers music to your ears, right, Because the Lakers need a wing defender.
Clearly they need when they've got a bunch of small guards.
They've got the bigs.
They don't really have the wing defenders right now.
And that's gonna be a problem.
Come the playoffs when you're facing off against teams like the Clippers and you're dealing with Paul George and quite letter, you need those wing defenders under Iguodala would be a tremendous fit.
So Aldridge is saying what we heard Jackie MacMullan say a couple of weeks ago to that she had been talking to N B A players and all the players she spoke to.
You said it would alter the Lakers.
That's that's That's what's gonna happen when he eventually gets bought out by the Grizzlies.
The Grizzly Bears are holding out hope, thinking that maybe at some point someone would get desperate and trade them something and take a vote on it that way, If that doesn't happen, they'll eventually have to buy him out.
So right now it's a waiting game.
Hopefully, the Grizzlies ultimately will buy him out, and then he's free to go sign with the Lakers.
Now you can say, Why shouldn't the Lakers just trade for him? Trading for that $17 million contract is extremely tricky, especially when you've got players on the Lakers that have de facto no trade clauses.
I'm talking about Javale McGee.
I'm talking about KCP players like that, Rondo.
All these guys have de facto no trade clauses because their bird rights will be sacrificed if you were to trade them because they have a second year player option.
I know kind of complicated, but bottom line is that it's gonna be really difficult for the Lakers to trade, even to match the salaries.
To do that is gonna be tough.
Not to mention the fact that the Lakers players a lot of them can dismantle any trade just by saying no by saying, I don't want to do it because they have these de facto no trade clauses in their deals as part of the C B A.
So it's gonna be tricky to trade for him.
So instead, for the Lakers, the best thing to happen would be for him to get bought out.
Okay, now last interesting tidbit here.
Aldridge finishes with this.
The notion that Iggy to the Forum, Blue and Gold, seems to be so universally held a belief that could certainly impact how hard other teams engaged the Grizzlies in potential trade talks.
That you get that last part.
That means something.
Okay, don't dismiss that.
Oh, that's that's nothing.
No big deal or whatever.
No, that means that means other teams around the league are so convinced that Andre Iguodala wants to be a Laker, that they're not going to trade for it.
Because why trade for a guy that doesn't want to be on your team? It's like it's kind of like the D situation where teams were scared off from trading for Anthony Davis because they knew he wanted to be a Laker.
And what's the point? Training for a guy who doesn't want to be on your team is just gonna leave afterwards anyway.
Similar idea here teams, it sounds like what Aldridge is saying is that teams are not willing to trade for Iguodala.
They're not willing to give Memphis anything because they believe that he's gonna become a Laker, that he's dead set on doing this.
That's great, especially we've been hearing that the Clippers want even Ella.
But if you're Andre Reed, L.
And you get a choice between the Lakers and the Clippers, let's say he gets bought out.
He gets to pick between the two.
Who knows, maybe picks the Clippers Co.
I did right, But if you're even L.
A and you look at that Clippers roster, they've got tons of wings.
I think I'm a heartless.
They've got Paul, George.
They've got quite Leonard, right? They've got wing players.
The Lakers have an opportunity to win and a clear role for the Clippers.
Getting under Iguodala is mostly about keeping you whittle away from the Lakers.
The Lakers could say, Not only do we want you on our team and we're gonna give you a chance to win championship, but we need you to actually play on the floor, not just sit on our bench.
Which is probably what he would do most of the time for the Clippers.
So I think the Lakers have a real good pitch for Andre with Ali, and what David Aldridge is saying here makes it feel that much more likely that he will eventually become a Laker.
Now it's not done.
It's not anywhere close to being done.
But right now things are trending in the right direction.
For Andre would Allah to ultimately, somewhere down the road, we don't know.
It could be in a week.
It could be in two months.
Okay, but at some point, if he would only get spot out, it's sounding more and more likely that he will become a Laker again, not a done deal.
It's just sounding that way pretty cool.
All right, I'm gonna get into some of the other questions here.
We'll talk about that, Uh, Dan.
Inspiration from YouTube.
Trevor, How about Kobe UN retires and play small forward.
He'd be the best small forward.
We've got our lineup right now.
Yeah, I don't think Kobe is un retiring to play small forward for the Lakers.
He is pretty well set in retirement.
He barely made it.
If you remember his last season, he was getting wrapped up like a mummy after every game just to stay vertical.
Yeah, Kobe is not coming out of retirement to play it.
As cool as it would be to see that's that's not happening.
Not going to not gonna happen any time soon.
Uh, Ralph J Rose from Facebook said no trades.
I like this team.
Look, the Lakers aren't in a situation where they have to trade anybody.
And even if they wanted to be really tough, really tough because they don't have any future picks that they can really offer to grease the wheels of a trade because the pics they give up the pelicans deal and they've also given up a bunch their future second rounders.
Um, they have some assets that they can flip, But again, some of those guys have the ability to veto a trade.
So I don't foresee the Lakers making a trade during the season.
Um, I think they'll try, but it's just it's gonna be so tricky for them to do that.
I do think they're gonna be super active on the bio market.
That's where a guy like Medulla would come in.
I think that could, uh, could work out.
Uh, Jonathan Cohen from YouTube says Braun.
Avery Bradley uh, LeBron James A point guard.
Avery Bradley at shooting guard. Danny Green.
Small forward 88 Power forward.
McGee at center And so he's given us our lineup here.
Rondo, Caruso, Iguodala, Coups.
Dwight Howard with Troy Daniels Cook and Key CP getting submitted.
So the bottom line is he's created a line up here that would basically remove Remove KCP.
Look, KCP is better than what we've seen from him for the first few games that I needed find against the Bulls.
He's an average eh? NBA player.
He's just okay, that's what he is.
That's what he is.
So you can't expect them to go out there this star or anything like that? Yes.
You expect him to be better than what we saw in his first few games, but tiny sample size.
I think he is going to be better.
That better than that.
Great user name there from YouTube.
So, Trevor, why did you become a Lakers assistant coach along with Jason Kidd? Yeah, I don't think I have a coaching future.
I enjoy what I do.
Enjoy getting Thio getting to do this over coaching, and frankly, I don't have the coaching background to go do anything like that.
Isaiah Baker could.
How would be the first center to to win the Sixth Man Award.
It's an interesting quote.
Is that right? Has no center ever won the Sixth Man Award? I'd have to look that up because that's the case.
If Howard keeps flight level, he's at right now and he continue coming off the bench because we don't know if that's gonna happen.
I think he could.
Who else would you put in there, right? I mean, Lou Williams been pretty good off the bench.
Uh, want a gram from the Charlotte Hornets.
Has been tremendous so far.
He's been coming off the bench for them.
He's been good, but yeah, you have the vote for Dwight, wouldn't you? I think he's probably been the best player off the bench in the lead right now.
If he keeps this up for the season, I think he very well could become six Man of the year.
Something keep an eye on.
Definitely a great question.
Uh, Carrie Bradley from Facebook.
Do you think lebron is the best player in the league? I'd argue that choir even Yonas claim that title last season.
Um, okay, So based on last season No, he was in the best player, and I'm part of that was injury so far this season.
I have to say, I think he's certainly in the running, certainly on the short list, given what we've seen from him this year.
Defensively, in addition to the offense, look, when When the Lakers were playing balls the other night, it was LeBron that kept them close.
The entire team was off.
The team look terrible through 3/4 but what kept them in striking distance was LeBron James.
He pretty much put the team on his back and just kept scoring and doing whatever the team needed him to do in order to stay close and then player in the league.
I think he's certainly right there.
If he's not, he is one of the best.
He's on a very short list of what Top five.
At worst, he has been tremendous this season.
I think that if you were to hold M V P discussions right now, he'd have to be at or right near the top.
He's been tremendous.
I've been blown away by what we've seen from LeBron James.
He has been incredible, Richard Tran, from YouTube said.
I think the media will vote for Dwight, you know, I think that you mentioned that's the media.
Voting is important.
There's there's some other votes that go in there as well.
You know, you get the fan vote, obviously you get.
That's for for All Star.
Yeah, the narrative is gonna be important, and I think this narrative that Dwight Howard is sort of resuscitating his career.
He's righting an old wrong by a fixing things with the Lakers by which, obviously, that ended badly.
Yeah, that's definitely a factor.
I think that matters when you're talking about the sixth Man of the Year award.
I think the narrative matters, and so Dwight has.
But Dwight has been performing really well with this bend in it and they're leaving him in to play with the starters down the stretch.
So I think we see him or that I agree.
I think that he keeps the surgeon, keeps the chemistry with the bench group and keep Dwight Howard playing with the best thing.
That's the way they wind up getting a massive sports fan and proud Queenslander, YouTube says.
I think is the finishing touch on this later.
Lakers. Yeah, I mean 80.
He's kind of good.
Hey, pushed. He puts the Lakers over the top.
You have LeBron already.
You get a guy like a D do the things that he does, but your whole team to a whole new level.
Carl brought Brown from YouTube.
Hey, Carl, what's going on with Taelon Horton Tucker? Is he ever going to play? So he's been assigned to the jelly, So he's been with the South Bay Lakers.
He's going to take time.
He's extremely young.
He was one of the very youngest players in the draft.
I'm not expecting anything of him this season, and I would hope that everyone else would feel the same.
I expect nothing from tailing Horton Tucker this season because to ask a rookie his age to come in and contribute.
That's asking too much.
Okay, if he shows something in the D League with the South Bay Lakers and they bring him up because of an injury or something like that and they throw him in there and he does, well, great.
That's icing on the cake.
That's found money.
But don't expect it assumed that we're not going to see him this season.
That's that's the way to look at this because then you're not gonna be disappointed and wondering all the time where he is.
Most likely, I don't see him playing much of the season if that changes and he can play great.
But again, I wouldn't assume that he's going to Ah, Abe shorts.
Is Rondo gonna come off the bench? Yeah, I think he is a.
But I think Rhonda was going to come off the bench just because of how well this starting unit has worked.
I think the defensive combo of Avery Bradley and Danny Green Gordon that the Lakers play good team defense, and I think that the second unit needs Rondo's organizational skills a lot more than the first unit does.
The second unit.
You can see where they freelance a lot because they kind of have to, you know, whatever.
Their first option is breaks down and they have trouble finding the next option, and it's kind of a mess now.
In the fourth quarter, they fixed a lot of those things.
We saw a lot of screens and things like that that got Koosman open.
They finally started clicking, but I do think the second unit needs a Rondo Maur than the first unit does.
So I would assume that Rhonda would come off the bench.
Indeed. Think that's what's going to happen.
Richard Tran from YouTube.
Do you feel Clippers using load management and dropping games early? Will factor in their top four seating? Yeah, I do.
I think that load management is going to prevent the Clippers from being as good of a team, a regular season team as we anticipated games.
They're going to lose games.
They're going, They're gonna lose games that they probably would have won if Cole I was playing.
And if Paul George of playing.
But for the Clippers and the Lakers to here, they understand that this season nobody's gonna remember what they did in the regular season.
This season comes down to the playoffs, so the most important thing for them is Lakers.
Getting the playoffs healthy is what matters most because everybody's gonna remember if they have success there or if they don't the Clippers go win a championship.
This is a better year for them.
This is the best year in the history of their team and if they come in fifth in the Western Conference because they used load management a bunch of times and they decided arrest players? Well, who cares if it takes him to a championship? Okay, if they get to the N b A Finals for the first time in their history, who cares if they've lost some games in the regular season due to load management again? Way more important, that you're healthy for the playoffs.
So, yes, I do think it knocks them down a little bit in the regular season.
I don't think they care about that, though, and I also don't think the Lakers should care about that that much.
They need to build chemistry, but I think once you get everybody clicking once cow Koosman really gets his legs under him and we started to see it against the Bulls, then I think we'll start to see the Lakers deploy some load management with LeBron with a D with those guys because you need them healthy.
100% Isaiah Maker trying to in YouTube my fault.
Walton wanted center in 85.
Okay, I couldn't look it up so well in the Bill.
Walton was a six Man of the year 1985.
Heywood's upset Trevor.
How many wins for the Lakers this season? I predicted 53 wins for the season for the Lakers.
I'm gonna stick with that based on the way they're playing right now.
They would have more wins than that, obviously.
But I do think there's gonna be some bumps in the road, and the schedule right now has been pretty pretty easy for this for Ah, for the most part, let's see here.
King Vortex from YouTube 80 25% from three.
Yeah, look, he's a better three point shooter, that he's a better shooter than that.
We've seen him miss quite a bit this season, like I was saying, Lakers 15th and offensive rating that can go up by quite a bit.
I think they're better shooters than what we've seen, and I do think better days are ahead for their shooting.
Anthony Davis is three point shooting is certainly part of that as well as guys like like Troy Daniels, Quinn Cook.
Players like these guys can shoot.
Okay, Kyle Kuzma, he chewed.
These guys can shoot the basketball.
It's just a matter of seeing those shots go in.
So I do anticipate that improving as the season goes on.
Roy Trevor, do you regret trading in grim and not Cosmo? Um, yeah.
Look, I was my preference and you could go back to before the trade.
My preference going into that trade was that they that they keep, I wanted them to keep one of three groupings.
I want them to keep either Alonzo Ingram or the Duo of Coups Meinhardt.
That was my preference that they keep at least one of those sets.
Obviously they didn't get any of them.
They got just cause they didn't get Koosman and heart.
That was my preference that they keep one of those three things and it went in that order.
I wanted to see them keep Alonso.
That was my number one priority because I felt like he would be the perfect fit with LeBron and 80.
Other than that, I want to see them keep Ingram because I thought that his ceiling is the highest of that Greek Andi, He's certainly showing it this season.
And then my third on there was caused by a heart.
Obviously, the Lakers didn't go that route and part of that was the salaries.
Cal Koosman salary is tiny, and that helps them build out the roster.
And so that had to be part of the equation.
But also, I don't think it's the situation where the Lakers sat down with the Pelicans and the pelican said, Hey, okay, we'll take two of these guys and let you guys pick who the other one's gonna be.
No, the pelican said, We want Lonzo.
We want Ingram, and that's what has to be in the deal.
And the Lakers did it obvious.
I mean, and they should.
They should do that deal.
So I don't think that it's not like the Lakers blew it and have the option to trade Koosman instead.
And they decided to trade Ingram.
I don't think that was the scenario, so Well, yes, you see what Ingram is doing right now and he's blowing up.
And yeah, it could be a little bit frustrating, too, when you see all the national media suddenly saying, Oh, Ingram is good.
Ingram was doing the exact same things when he was with the Lakers in the few weeks before he got hurt.
He was playing in this exact same level.
He was doing amazing things.
He looked like an All Star.
And just now, now that is not a Laker.
It's suddenly okay to admit that he's got potential.
And, yes, there's the anti Laker bias and all that kind of stuff.
But again, the Lakers didn't blow it here.
They didn't have it.
It wasn't a possibility for them to avoid trading England.
Okay, um, what happened to Zack? Nora Bell Jr.
Somebody from YouTube? I'm not even gonna try to pronounce the name Zach Norval Junior.
Zack Norvell is down with the South Bay Lakers, which is where he should be.
You have to give him time.
And look, he was tremendous.
And I've got high hopes for him for the future.
And yet people say he's better than KCP and all that.
Maybe the Lakers do call him up at some point, but right now, you don't really need him.
You gotta wait for injury.
And when he gets his opportunity and that opportunity may come this season, when he gets it, he's got to make the most of it.
Like looking Caruso.
He only played what 25 games for the Lakers last season.
But when the injuries hit and he got the call up, he was ready and he made the most of it.
And now he's got a full time, eh? NBA contract.
Zach Norville is gonna be more along that style where you'll see him get called up in a time and need, and he'll have his moment.
It's not just, Hey, you had a good pre season.
You had a good summer league.
Here's a roster spot for you.
This Lakers team needs veterans. They're built.
So in a state of emergency, yes, who will get called up and he's gonna get his opportunity at some point this season.
It's just important that he's ready for it, and right now is not that time.
Let him get his legs under him in the D League.
Let him get used to the Lakers offense and all that kind of stuff and then hope he stays ready for when the team does need him.
Um, another question from YouTube.
Do you think Lebron can win defensive player of the year? He talked about that recently in an interview.
I think that was after the game against the Bulls, he talked about how he actually felt like he got passed over for defensive player of the Year a few times.
But that's not his focus.
Yes, he wants to play good defense, but he's not out there trying to win an individual award.
Um, could you give it to him, I suppose, But I don't think he's gonna That's gonna happen.
But I think at some point you're going to see load management games and things like that.
I don't think that Carol's Urbano from Facebook.
Lakers over Clippers by far.
All right? I like it.
I think they can indeed take out the Clippers.
Uh, Lauren's pride from Facebook.
Oh, I was afraid to face the Greek freak Lakers didn't need quiet sitting out.
Look, people are gonna talk all kinds of crap about Kawai and dodging Johannes and and all that kind of stuff again.
The Clippers don't care.
They're worried mostly about the playoffs, as they should be.
Okay, um is the bad look Yeah, I think it is a bad book for him to sit out all of these games.
Bad for the n B A for him to sit out marquee matchups and all that kind of stuff.
But again, do the Clippers care? No, because they know their season's gonna be judged by the playoffs.
And I think the Lakers need to operate under the same same understanding.
If they wanted Breast LeBron and it's against a game for incident in a game against, Ah, big opponent on ABC or NBC or where we're gonna put it, they're gonna put it with the big network channels, and that's their game.
They want a load. Manage, LeBron.
It's about the playoffs.
It's not about the regular season for these teams.
The Lakers do need some some time to gel, and that's what we're seeing right now.
But all it's really think mode management is gonna be a thing for them to, um, earning Dae Su said, Thank you for your live coverage, bro.
Ain't no problem.
I enjoy hopping on here and talking with everybody.
Enjoyed doing this, By the way, this is going.
This is part of the Lakers nation podcast.
Guys, for those who just hopping in here and enjoy and joining this, um, a few more questions here before we before we call it one Ruiz from YouTube said, What's up with the Lakers City edition? Uniforms? Okay, so those haven't come out yet, but I went back today because I was thinking the same thing.
Where are the city edition jerseys? And it was around this time last year that the city edition jerseys dropped for the Lakers.
I would expect it to be soon.
Now, we've already heard some rumors that they're gonna be black in color.
Thes They're gonna be black jerseys dating Green made a comment about some black jerseys the other day.
I can't wait to see them, But it should be soon.
Gotta be any time now. They gotta be coming back.
I'm gonna take two more questions here before we for we call it a night and and we call it a show as well.
D Hollins, R d Hollis from Facebook.
Jared Dudley is looking expendable right now.
Based on what you see on the floor, right? Very limited minutes just comes in here and they're garbage time stuff like that.
Yeah, So in that sense he's expendable.
But every team needs glue guys, and that's what Dudley is.
And he understands that.
And that's critical.
Everybody says what? Why do you have Jared Dudley when you could have Carmelo Anthony? Because Jared Dudley doesn't care whether or not he plays the thing.
I mean, look, he cares about playing, but he's not going to sit on the end of the end of the bench and pout if he doesn't play for five games in a row.
Instead, if he doesn't play for five games in a row and the sixth game, you suddenly need him and Frank Vogel points his way.
Jared Dudley is gonna go out there, and he's gonna play just the same as if he was playing every single game in getting 20 minutes a night or 30 minutes a night or whatever.
Jared Dudley is the ultimate team first guy.
That's what he does.
He is a glue guy for the locker room.
He's the guy that players like.
He's a guy that media likes.
He's a great interview.
He does all of these things.
He he interacts with the fans very well.
He is the kind of player that every team needs okay, everything that he does off the floor, it matters, all right.
And if you're going to spend a vet minimum, not a bad guy to go with, all right, he can do some good things out there on the floor. He can touch the floor.
He could defend.
He's a smart defender.
All of those things.
Have the Lakers needed him recently? No.
So by that sense, yeah, he's expendable.
But even when he's not on the floor, he still provides value.
I've been very, very impressed by Jared Dudley, and what he's done so far with the team just is his attitude, the air around him, and I think that's important.
I know it's frustrating when you see a guy that was a recent signing seen sitting on the bench not getting in, but understand that a lot of what Jared Dudley does, you're not going to see on the basketball court.
So keep that in mind when we're thinking about Jared W.
All right, that's something that, um, that we got to remember.
All right, last one.
Who rookie 11 from YouTube? How would this Lakers team do against the Kobe and Gasol Lakers? man.
I actually see a lot of similarities between the Kobe Pau Lakers and this LeBron A D Lakers team, the Kobe Power.
But here's the thing, and this is where maybe I give the edge to the Kobe Pau Lakers.
Kobe and Pau had this instant chemistry like the second they stepped on the floor together.
They both think the game at the exact same level.
They had this connection.
They knew where the other one was going at all times, and it was amazing to watch.
Okay, they just had that instant synergy.
I don't know that 80 and LeBron have that just yet.
They're working hard on it, but with Kobe and Pau is effortless.
Maybe, I believe Anthony Davis is better than Palace, and Pau Gasol is very, very good with my favorite Lakers.
I actually have a picture hanging up of Kobe and Pau right there on my wall.
You guys can't see it, but it is.
It's up in my office.
So this is something that, um it's an interesting topic, but I kind of lean Kobe impound just because of that connection.
But I do think Anthony Davis is the better player than power.
And then you can argue LeBron Kobe all day. It would be close.
It would be a ton of fun to watch.
But I think that Kobe pound connection maybe makes me lean that way for right now.
All right, guys, let's wrap things up there.
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